Monday, November 1, 2010

November 2 is Election Day - What Do You Need To Know?

Don't forget that November 2, 2010, is Election Day.  If you are registered to vote, be sure to go to the polls so that your voice is heard.  Below is some information that might be helpful for those of you who live in Pennsylvania.  If you are registered in a state other than Pennsylvania, please visit http://maps.google.com/vote to find your polling place, determine if you are registered, and to answer other questions.

Who am I voting for?
In Pennsylvania, we are electing a new Governor, new members of Congress, and new members of the state House and Senate.  To see exactly who will be on your ballot, visit http://www.smartvoter.org/pa/state/ and type in your information.

Do I have to register to vote?
In Pennsylvania, voters must be registered 30 days prior to each election.  If you are not sure if you are registered, you can confirm your registration status in the Pennsylvania voter registration database.  If you are not registered to vote in today's election, fill out a voter registration form now so you will be ready for the next one!

Where is my polling place?
The Pennsylvania Department of State offers an online guide to find your polling place on their website. 

How do I use the voting system at my polling place?
Different counties use different types of polling systems.  Visit Votespa.com to see the type of voting system you will use and to watch a demonstration of how it works.

What should I bring with me on Election Day?
If you are a first-time voter or if you are voting at a new polling place, you should bring an approved form of identification.  To see all approved forms, visit the PA Department of State voting website.

All voters may bring a list of candidates on the ballot and who they plan to vote for and/or a list of key issues or specific proposals that are on the ballot. The Department of State's Election Assistant gives you the opportunity to print a one-page sheet listing your polling place and items to bring (or not to bring) to the polls.

What are my rights as a voter?
To see your voting rights, visit the Committee of Seventy website for voting rights guides in several languages.  The PA Department of State also has helpful information for older voters, voters with disabilities, and voters who have been convicted of a crime.  

What if I have questions or problems on Election Day?
If you have questions or problems on Election Day, please call the Committee of Seventy's hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE in the Philadelphia area or the statewide hotline at 1-877-VOTES-PA.

Remember, if you live or are registered in a state other than Pennsylvania, please visit http://maps.google.com/vote to find your polling place, determine if you are registered, and to answer other questions.  

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